iSkoot, a mobile Internet phone company, announced yesterday that it is offering free unlimited use of its Call Forwarding software for the Skype service. The Call Forwarding software allows users to forward Internet calls from their online Skype buddies to any phone number. The company's software provides mobile phone access to millions of Skype voice-over-Internet users and enables complete access to Skype for both making and receiving calls from any mobile phone. iSkoot software enables:
- Forwarding Internet calls from a user's PC to any phone
- Connecting on-going Internet calls
- Placing calls to a buddy's PC from any phone
In addition, for a yearly fee of $9.95 users can access the iSkoot messaging network. This feature allows Skype users to place calls to their online buddies over the Internet from any cell phone. iSkoot's free trial extends for 30 days. Users can then pay the fee to continue the Place Call service, but will still be able to forward calls for free. The iSkoot beta download is available at www.iskoot.com now.
"We are extremely excited by the overwhelming positive feedback we have received since our launch. After 1 week, over 2000 users have downloaded iSkoot," said Jacob Guedalia, Chief Executive Officer, iSkoot. "In response to our user's requests, we are going to make the Call Forwarding feature free indefinitely, only charging for access to our messaging network and servers which activate the Place Call feature."
iSkoot's first application supports the Skype service enabling users to connect any mobile phone to Skype's Internet phone (www.skype.com) and buddy service. iSkoot connects every phone to Skype's services today. While other mobile VoIP services lock users into a specific Pocket PC device or require a PC with Wi-Fi or other special hardware, iSkoot offers total ubiquity and enhances any phone with mobile VoIP.
How does it works?
iSkoot uses an Internet out-going dialing to connect your cell phone with your buddy systems or other Internet phone service. Out-going dialing is the ability for your PC to call a phone number. iSkoot uses your PC as a bridge between two calls to make a local call to your phone, and then connects you to any PC or phone in the world over the Internet. You are charged by your out-going service provider for the local call; the connection to a PC is free, while a connection to a phone will be charged at outgoing rates.
In order for iSkoot to connect to your cell phone you will need to have an Internet phone service that can make calls to regular phone numbers. Currently iSkoot supports SkypeOut, which you'll need to sign up for before you can use iSkoot.
Cheers ~ Arne